31 July 2014

Second quarter 2014 results



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Luxembourg, July 31, 2014 - Aperam (referred to as “Aperam” or the “Company”) (Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Paris: APAM and NYRS: APEMY), announced today results for the three month period ending June 30, 2014 


Highlights

  • Health and Safety frequency rate2 of 1.4x in Q2 2014 compared to 1.0x in Q1 2014
  • Shipments of 466 thousand tonnes in Q2 2014, a 2% decrease compared to shipments of 475 thousand tonnes in Q1 2014
  • EBITDA3 of USD 164 million in Q2 2014, compared to EBITDA of USD 129 million in Q1 2014
  • Basic earnings per share of USD 0.46 in Q2 2014
  • Cash flow from operations amounted to USD 47 million in Q2 2014
  • Net debt4 of USD 663 million on June 30, 2014, representing a gearing of 21% compared to a net debt of USD 689 million on March 31, 2014


Prospects

  • EBITDA in Q3 2014 is expected to be lower compared to EBITDA in Q2 2014 due, in particular, to the traditional seasonal effect
  • Net debt to decrease in Q3 2014 

 

Plan 2014 update

  • Further strengthening of balance sheet with enhancement of the net debt reduction
    program to reach USD 550 million by the end of 2014

 

Philippe Darmayan, CEO of Aperam, commented: 

“We are pleased to have once again improved our profitability and strengthened our balance sheet in the second quarter. Looking ahead, the improvement of the stainless steel market is underway but we remain cautious in view of the current economic environment and in particular uncertainties regarding the nickel price evolution and pressure from imports. Overall, we are confident that the ongoing projects related to our Leadership Journey®5 and Top Line strategy will continue to enhance our operational performance.”


Financial Highlights (on the basis of IFRS)

(USDm) unless otherwise stated

Q2 14

Q1 14

Q2 13

H1 2014

H1 2013

Sales

1,444

1,394

1,366

2,838

2,635

EBITDA

164

129

81

293

146

Operating income / (loss)

107

54

5

161

(6)

Net income / (loss)

36

19

(11)

55

(39)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steel shipments (000t)

466

475

450

941

851

EBITDA/tonne (USD)

352

272

180

311

172

Basic earnings per share (USD)

0.46

0.24

 (0.15)

0.70

(0.51)

 

 

Health & Safety results analysis

Health and Safety performance, based on Aperam personnel figures and contractors’ lost time injury frequency rate2, was 1.4x in the second quarter of 2014 compared to 1.0x in the first quarter of 2014.

 

Financial results analysis

Sales in the second quarter of 2014 increased by 4% at USD 1,444 million compared to USD 1,394 million in the first quarter of 2014. Shipments in the second quarter of 2014 decreased by 2% at 466 thousand tonnes compared to 475 thousand tonnes in the first quarter of 2014.

EBITDA was USD 164 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to EBITDA of USD 129 million in the first quarter of 2014. EBITDA increased as a result of continued improved market conditions in Europe, the Leadership Journey®5 contribution, the Top Line strategy and the seasonal recovery in South America. The Leadership Journey®5 has continued to progress over the quarter and has contributed a total amount of USD 401 million to EBITDA since the beginning of 2011.

Depreciation and amortization expense in the second quarter of 2014 was USD 57 million, net of an impact of USD 21 million resulting from changes to the estimated remaining useful lives of certain tangible assets determined by management on the basis of a technical review  to better reflect the reality of our assets

Aperam had an operating income in the second quarter of USD 107 million compared to an operating income of USD 54 million in the previous quarter.

The Company recorded a loss from other investments of USD 28 million in the second quarter of 2014, primarily related to an impairment loss of USD 29 million booked on its minority stake it holds in Gerdau, a Brazilian steelmaker, according to the prolonged decline of the share price of that investment compared to its book value.

Net interest expense and other financing costs in the second quarter of 2014 were USD 30 million, primarily related to financing costs of USD 21 million. Realized and unrealized foreign exchange and derivative gains were nil in the second quarter of 2014.

The Company recorded a net income of USD 36 million, inclusive of an income tax expense of USD 13 million, in the second quarter of 2014.

Cash flows from operations in the second quarter were positive at USD 47 million, with a working capital increase of USD 61 million. CAPEX in the second quarter was USD 19 million.

As of June 30, 2014, shareholders’ equity was USD 3,149 million and net financial debt4 was USD 663 million (gross financial debt as of June 30, 2014 was USD 834 million and cash and cash equivalents were USD 171 million).

The Company had liquidity of USD 701 million as of June 30, 2014, consisting of cash and cash equivalents of USD 171 million and undrawn credit lines6 of USD 530 million.

 

Operating segment results analysis

Stainless & Electrical Steel

The Stainless & Electrical Steel segment had sales of USD 1,162 million in the second quarter of 2014. This represents an increase of 5% compared to sales of USD 1,104 million in the first quarter of 2014. Shipments during the second quarter were 449 thousand tonnes, including  287 thousand tonnes in Europe and 162 thousand tonnes inSouth America. This is a decrease of 1% compared to shipments of 453 thousand tonnes in the previous quarter (301 thousand tonnes in Europe and 152 thousand tonnes inSouth America). The volume decrease was mainly due to a more limited impact of the customers’ restocking on the apparent demand inEuropecompared to the first quarter. Overall, average selling prices for the Stainless & Electrical Steel segment were higher for the quarter. 

The segment had EBITDA of USD 124 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to USD 100 million in the first quarter of 2014. EBITDA from South America improved in the second quarter of 2014 at USD 58 million, including USD 19 million positive results from sale of electricity surplus (compared to an EBITDA of USD 53 million in Q1 2014 including USD 15 million positive results from sale of electricity surplus). In South America, the continuous progress of the Leadership Journey®, the Top Line strategy and the seasonal recovery compensated a more challenging environment over the second quarter. EBITDA from Europeincreased from USD 47 million in the first quarter of 2014 to USD 66 million in the second quarter of 2014. The increase of Ebitda in Europewas primarily driven by better product mix, the continuing progress of the Leadership Journey®5 and the impact from slight improvement in base prices.

Depreciation and amortization expense was USD 48 million in the second quarter of 2014.   

The Stainless & Electrical Steel segment had an operating income of USD 76 million during the second quarter of 2014 compared to an operating income of USD 34 million in the first quarter of 2014.

 

Services & Solutions

The Services & Solutions segment had a 1% increase in sales during the quarter, from USD 623 million in the first quarter of 2014 to USD 630 million in the second quarter of 2014. In the second quarter of 2014, shipments were 188 thousand tonnes compared to 197 thousand tonnes in the previous quarter. The Services & Solutions segment had higher average selling prices during the period compared to the previous period.     

The segment had EBITDA of USD 30 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to EBITDA of USD 23 million in the first quarter of 2014. Overall, the increase of EBITDA was due to positive contributions of the Leadership Journey®5 and the positive stock effect related to the nickel price.

 Depreciation and amortization expense was USD 6 million in the second quarter of 2014. 

 The Services & Solutions segment had an operating income of USD 24 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to an operating income of USD 17 million in the first quarter of 2014.   

 

Alloys & Specialties

The Alloys & Specialties segment had sales in the second quarter of 2014 of USD 163 million, representing an increase of 9% compared to USD 149 million in the first quarter of 2014. Shipments in the second quarter of 2014 were comparable to shipments in the first quarter of 2014 at 9 thousand tonnes. Average selling prices increased quarter over quarter.

The Alloys & Specialties segment achieved EBITDA of USD 20 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to USD 15 million in the first quarter of 2014. The EBITDA improvement is mainly due to product mix improvement and continuous progress in the Leadership Journey®5.   

Depreciation and amortization expense in the second quarter of 2014 was USD 3 million. 

The Alloys & Specialties segment had an operating income of USD 17 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to an operating income of USD 13 million in the first quarter of 2014.  

 

Recent developments

  • On May 8, 2014, the Annual and Extraordinary General Meetings of shareholders of Aperam held inLuxembourgapproved all resolutions on the agenda by a large majority. 50,764,058 shares, or 65.04% of the Company's share capital, were present or represented at the meetings. In particular, the shareholders approved the consolidated financial statements as of and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013. The shareholders also re-elected Ms. Laurence Mulliez and elected Mr. Joseph Greenwell as directors of Aperam for a term of three years each. In addition, the shareholders approved grants under the Performance Share Unit Plan in relation to 2014. Finally, the shareholders approved an increase in the Company's authorised share capital by an amount equal to 23.3% of its current issued share capital, both to be able to fulfill existing commitments under the Convertible and/or Exchangeable Bonds due 2020 and for the Company to have adequate flexibility going forward.
  • On May 8, 2014, Aperam announced the publication of its “made for life” report, which constitutes Aperam's sustainability performance report for 2013. Built on stakeholder inclusiveness and materiality, Aperam's “made for life” report follows the Global Reporting Initiative's recently launched G4 framework. It has been assured by an external audit firm as compliant with this protocol, including the reporting of material environmental performance data such as energy intensity, water withdrawal by source, CO2 intensity and air emissions.
  • On May 15, 2014, Moody's improved its outlook from negative to positive.
  • On June 27, 2014 Aperam announced the successful placing and pricing of its offering of net share settled convertible and/or exchangeable bonds due 2021 for USD 300 million with the objective to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes and the refinancing of existing indebtedness (including senior notes maturing in 2016).

 

New developments

  • On July 31, 2014, Aperam announced the enhancement of the net debt reduction program to reach USD 550 million by the end of 2014, aiming to further strengthen its balance sheet.
  • On July 31, 2014, Aperam announced the reduction of its commitment under the Borrowing Base Facility by USD 200 million from USD 600 million to USD 400 million.
  • On July 31, 2014, as part of the Top Line strategy and the Leadership Journey, the Board of Directors of Aperam approved an investment of USD 17 million aiming at offering High Grain Oriented electrical steel products while at the same time improving the costs competitiveness of Aperam’s Brazilian Grain Oriented Electrical Steel operations.

 

Investor conference call

Aperam management will host a conference call for members of the investment community to discuss the second quarter 2014 financial performance at the following time: 

Date

New York

London

Luxembourg

Thursday, July 31, 2014

12:30 pm

5:30 pm

6:30 pm

 

The dial-in numbers for the call are:France(+33(0)1 76 77 22 29);USA(+1 212 444 0481); and international (+44(0)20 3427 1905). The participant access code is: 2570079#.

A replay of the conference call will be available until August 7th, 2014:France (+33 (0)1 74 20 28 00);USA (+1 347 366 9565) and international (+44 (0)20 3427 0598). The participant access code is 2570079#.

 

Contacts

Corporate Communications /Jean Lasar: +352 27 36 27 27

Investor Relations / Romain Grandsart: +352 27 36 27 36

 

About Aperam

Aperam is a global player in stainless, electrical and specialty steel, with customers in over 40 countries. The business is organized in three primary operating segments: Stainless & Electrical Steel, Services & Solutions and Alloys & Specialties.

Aperam has 2.5 million tonnes of flat stainless steel capacity inBrazilandEuropeand is a leader in high value specialty products. Aperam has a highly integrated distribution, processing and services network and a unique capability to produce stainless and specialty from low cost biomass (charcoal). Its industrial network is concentrated in six production facilities located inBrazil,BelgiumandFrance. Aperam has about 9,600 employees.

Aperam commits to operate in a responsible way with respect to health, safety and the well-being of its employees, contractors and the communities in which it operates. It is also committed to the sustainable management of the environment and of finite resources. In 2013, Aperam had revenues of USD 5.1 billion and shipments of 1.73 million tonnes.

For further information, please refer to our website at  www.aperam.com

 

Forward-looking statements

This document may contain forward-looking information and statements about Aperam and its subsidiaries. These statements include financial projections and estimates and their underlying assumptions, statements regarding plans, objectives and expectations with respect to future operations, products and services, and statements regarding future performance. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “target” or similar expressions. Although Aperam’s management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors and holders of Aperam’s securities are cautioned that forward-looking information and statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of Aperam, that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. These risks and uncertainties include those discussed or identified in Aperam’s filings with the Luxembourg Stock Market Authority for the Financial Markets (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier). Aperam undertakes no obligation to publicly update its forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 

APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(in million of U.S. dollars)

June 30, 2014

March 31, 2014

June 30,  2013

 

Non current assets

3,716

       3,687 

3,774

 

Intangible assets

812

          813 

813

 

Property, plant and equipments (incl. biological assets)

2,351

       2,364 

2,435

 

Investments and Other

553

510          

526

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets & working capital

1,066

       1,078 

973

 

Inventories, trade receivables and trade payables

678

          621 

554

 

Other assets

217

          158 

176

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

171

          299 

243

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders' equity

3,149

       3,026 

2,935

 

Group share

3,144

       3,021 

2,931

 

Non-controlling interests

5

              5 

4

 

 

 

 

 

Non current liabilities

1,158

       1,202 

1,029

 

Interest bearing liabilities

714

          770 

616

 

Deferred employee benefits

218

          221 

211

 

Provisions and other

226

          211 

202

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities (excluding trade payables)

475

          537 

783

 

Interest bearing liabilities

120

          218 

468

 

Other

355

          319 

315

 

 

APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS  

(in million of U.S. dollars)

Three Months Ending

 

Six Months Ending

June 30, 2014

March 31, 2014

June 30, 2013

 

June 30, 2014

June 30, 2013

Sales

1,444 

    1,394 

1,366 

 

2,838 

 2,635 

EBITDA

164 

         129 

81 

 

               293 

               146 

Depreciation & impairment

57 

         75 

76 

 

               132 

               152 

Operating income / (loss)

107 

       54 

5 

 

                  161 

                (6)

Loss from other investments and associates

            (28)

            — 

— 

 

                    (28)

                   — 

Net interest expense and other net financing costs

(30)

       (29)

(30)

 

                (59)

                (57)

Foreign exchange and derivative (losses) / gains

— 

         (3)

 

                  (3)

                  (8)

Income / (loss) before taxes

49 

       22 

(24)

 

                71 

                (71)

Income tax (expense) / benefit

(13)

       (3)

13 

 

                 (16)

                 32 

Net income / (loss)

36 

       19 

(11)

 

                55 

                (39)

 

 

APERAM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(in million of U.S. dollars)

Three Months Ending

 

Six Months Ending

June 30,          2014

March 31,       2014

June 30,        2013

 

June 30,        2014

June 30,        2013

Net income / (loss)

36 

      19   

       (11)

 

                 55 

                 (39)

Depreciation and impairment

57 

         75 

76 

 

                132 

                152 

Change in working capital

(61)

(56)

(16)

 

                    (117)

                  3 

Other

15 

       (18)

(15)

 

                 (3)

                 (72)

Net cash provided by operating activities

47 

         20 

34 

 

                  67 

                44 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment (CAPEX)

(19)

       (22)

(33)

 

                 (41)

                 (67)

Other investing activities (net)

           — 

(9)

 

                   8 

                   (7)

Net Cash used in investing activities

(11)

       (22)

(42)

 

                 (33)

                 (74)

(Payments) / Proceeds from payable to banks and long term debt

(159)

         2 

(20)

 

                  (157)

                    52 

Other financing activities (net)

(1)

         (1)

(1)

 

                   (2)

                   (2)

Net cash (used in) / provided by financing activities

(160)

         1 

(21)

 

                  (159)

                 50 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

       4    

(9)

 

                 5 

                   (13)

Change in cash and cash equivalent

(123)

         3 

(38)

 

                    (120)

                 7 

 


Appendix 1a – Health & Safety statistics

Health & Safety Statistics

Three Months Ended

June 30,          2014

March 31,       2014

June 30,       2013

Frequency Rate

 1.4

1.0

1.4

Lost time injury frequency rate equals lost time injuries per 1,000,000 worked hours, based on own personnel and contractors

 

Appendix 1b - Key operational and financial information

Quarter Ended

June 30, 2014

Stainless & Electrical Steela,b

Services & Solutions

Alloys & Specialties

Others & Eliminations

Total

Operational information

 

 

 

 

 

Steel Shipment (000t)

      449 

188 

(180)

466 

Steel selling price (USD/t)

    2,444 

3,184 

16,954 

 

2,923 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial information

 

 

 

 

 

Sales (USDm)

    1,162 

630 

163 

(511)

1,444 

EBITDA (USDm)

124 

30 

20 

     (10)

164 

Depreciation & Amortization  (USDm)

48 

— 

57 

Operating income / (loss) (USDm)

76         

24 

17   

(10)

107 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note a: Stainless & Electrical Steel shipments of 449kt of which 162kt were from South America and 287kt were fromEurope

Note b: Stainless & Electrical Steel EBITDA of USD 124m of which USD 58m were from South America and USD 66m were fromEurope

 

Quarter Ended

March 31, 2014

Stainless & Electrical Steela,b

Services & Solutions

Alloys & Specialties

Others & Eliminations

Total

Operational information

 

 

 

 

 

Steel Shipment (000t)

       453 

197 

(184)

475 

Steel selling price (USD/t)

    2,297 

3,011 

16,195 

 

2,770 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial information

 

 

 

 

 

Sales (USDm)

    1,104 

623 

149 

(482)

1,394 

EBITDA (USDm)

100 

23 

15 

(9)

129 

Depreciation & Amortization  (USDm)

66 

75 

Operating (loss) / income (USDm)

34 

17 

13 

(10)

54 

Note a: Stainless & Electrical Steel shipments of 453kt of which 152kt were from South America and 301kt were fromEurope

Note b: Stainless & Electrical Steel EBITDA of USD 100m of which USD 53m were from South America and USD 47m were fromEurope

 

 



1 The financial information in this press release and Appendix 1 has been prepared in accordance with the measurement and recognition criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as adopted in the European Union. While the interim financial information included in this announcement has been prepared in accordance with IFRS applicable to interim periods, this announcement does not contain sufficient information to constitute an interim financial report as defined in International Accounting Standard 34, “Interim Financial Reporting”. Unless otherwise noted the numbers and information in the press release have not been audited. The financial information and certain other information presented in a number of tables in this press release have been rounded to the nearest whole number or the nearest decimal. Therefore, the sum of the numbers in a column may not conform exactly to the total figure given for that column. In addition, certain percentages presented in the tables in this press release reflect calculations based upon the underlying information prior to rounding and, accordingly, may not conform exactly to the percentages that would be derived if the relevant calculations were based upon the rounded numbers.

2 Lost time injury frequency rate equals lost time injuries per 1,000,000 worked hours, based on own personnel and contractors.

3 EBITDA is defined as operating income plus depreciation and impairment expenses. 

4 Net debt refers to long-term debt, plus short-term debt, less cash and cash equivalents (including short-term investments) and restricted cash.

5 The Leadership Journey® is an initiative launched on December 16, 2010, and subsequently accelerated and increased, to target management gains and profit enhancement of USD 350 million by 2013. On February 4, 2013, Aperam announced an expansion of the Leadership Journey® to 2014 with USD 150 million targeted over the next 2 years. On February 6, 2014, Aperam announced an expansion of the Leadership Journey® to USD 475 million by 2015.

6 Subject to eligible collateral available.